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International Film Festival showcases talent in Bradford

Tom Vincent & Neil Young, co-directors, at the launch of the 19th Bradford International Film Festival at the National Media Museum.

The 19th annual International Film Festival has got underway in Bradford, showcasing the best of new and upcoming talent from around the world.

Launched at the National Media Museum, the event runs until April the 21st and includes 31 UK feature film premieres and 25 short films. It opens tonight with The Look of Love starring Steve Coogan.

There'll also be a celebration of Indian cinema and a lifetime achievement award for the Hull-born actor Sir Tom Courtenay.


Bradford International Film Festival

The 18th Bradford International Film Festival opens this evening. Film and television actress, Barbara Windsor, will attend to receive a special award for her contribution to cinema. During the festival two of her 1960s comedies will be shown, Carry on Spying and Crooks in Cloisters.

Barbara Windsor has been an irrepressible presence on film, television, stage and the radio for over fifty years. She's the very definition of a 'national treasure' and, as our selection of her early 1960s films will show, an arresting screen presence that has earned her both BAFTA plaudits and mass affection. Barbara also has a story or two to tell, and her interview event promises to be a real highlight.

– Tom Vincent, Festival Co-Director